St Peters Public School

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Religion and ethics

NSW schools offer special religious education and special education in ethics. St Peters Public School utilises the Sydney Anglican diocese for special religious education. The St Peters Anglican Church provides these lesons via a volunteer who comes into the school and provides lessons to individual stages. At the same time special education in ethincs lessons are prvided by parent volunteers who are trained in ethics education.

Special Religious Education

Special Religious Education lessons follow the Connect curriculum. Special Religious Education. Connect is a three-year Religious Education curriculum designed for use in Australian and New Zealand schools. It is Bible-based and offers 20 lessons each semester at Infants (ages 5 to 7), Lower Primary (ages 7 to 9) and Upper Primary (ages 10 to 12) levels.In each lesson students engage with the truths of the Bible week by week through music, drama, reading and writing, puzzle solving, drawing, and asking questions.

Within the three-year cycle Connect lessons survey the broad sweep of Bible history from creation to God’s ultimate purpose for humanity. Each lesson seeks to introduce key biblical concepts, themes and major characters such as Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus in an active and engaging way, allowing students to explore the Christian faith and see how it is relevant today. The curriculum also encourages students to discover for themselves what the Bible says about the contemporary problems people face in today’s world.

Included in the curriculum are teachings on the key events of Easter and Christmas as well as special lessons dealing with major issues that children face, including self-esteem, loss, caring for the environment, and coping with change.

Further information about this can be found at the Connect Website.

Special Education in Ethics

At St Peters Public School, ethics classes are taught in stages of learning by parent volunteers at the same time as SRE. To choose ethics is a choice for parents. These classes work by providing students with ethical questions that get discussed. Ethical questions are questions about what we ought to do and how we ought to live. Secular ethics explores these fundamental  questions by means of reasoned argument about values and principles, rather than an appeal to religion or cultural norms. This secular approach has a long history, reaching back to Socrates and Aristotle, and is sometimes described as ‘philosophical ethics’.

Further information about Ethics Classes can be found at the Primary Ethics website.


Write to the school if you wish to withdraw your child from special religious education, sometimes known as scripture. Special education in ethics is an option for your primary-age child if you withdraw them from special religious education. For more information, visit Religion and ethics.